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Two Latinos will take the stage with lead roles in the opera Carmen on Tuesday, July 12 for an evening in Denver.

Gustavo Ahualli, of Argentina, and Elizabeth Caballero, of Cuba, will slip into their roles as Escamillo and the village maiden Micaela along with the rest of the cast from Central City Opera for a night under the stars at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre in the Tech Center.

Ahualli first appeared onstage at the Teatro San Martin in Tucuman, Argentina, 15 years ago. Ahualli, who now lives in New York City, said he would love the opportunity to work in Central City in the future.

"Finding myself in such a beautiful place, making exceptional music and surrounded by exceptional people, has made my time in Central City unforgettable and an experience to treasure," Ahualli said.

Elizabeth Caballero sings her soprano role as Micaela, a village maiden, in the Central City Opera s production of Carmen, which runs until August 7.
Elizabeth Caballero sings her soprano role as Micaela, a village maiden, in the Central City Opera s production of Carmen, which runs until August 7. (Courtesy of Central City Opera)

Caballero might look familiar to those who have seen Sabado Gigante, the hit variety show on Univision. She was asked to judge, "Su Majestad La Voz," an American Idol-style singing competition for young opera singers.

She migrated from Havana, Cuba, to Miami as a small child in 1980. Caballero said singing in French has been a challenge.

"It's the most difficult language to sing because of all of the nasal vowels," Caballero sad. "Spanish is all open vowels. My Italian is better."

Caballero said her performances as Micaela have been particularly emotional for her because she debuted with that role when she first started as a singer.

This artist has performed across the nation and received numerous awards for her performances, including the New York City Opera's Diva Award in 2007.

Carmen will continue showing at the Central City Opera house until August 7.


If you go to Opera Carmen

Where: Comfort Dental Amphitheatre at the Tech Center, 16981 East Quincy Avenue, Aurora
When: July 12, 7:30 p.m.
Info: 303.292.6700, centralcityopera.org
$: 22 for adults and 15 for kids 6-12